Bright of the Sky : Entire and the Rose

  • by Kay Kenyon
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel
  • Series: Entire and the Rose
  • 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a landlocked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived, quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the "bright". A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme.Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter, who are assumed dead by everyone on Earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe, one where he himself may have been imprisoned, he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright.Learning of his daughter's dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn's memories return, he discovers why.Quinn's goal is to penetrate the heart of Tarig power to steal the key to his family's redemption. But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue?BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kay Kenyon.


What the Critics Say

"Deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building." (Publishers Weekly)
"A splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or, yes, J. R. R. Tolkien." (Washington Post)
"Her richest and most ambitious novel yet - fascinating and, best of all, there promises to be more to come." (Greg Bear, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)


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8 hours in, and going no further

I hate to write reviews when I haven't finished an audiobook, especially for something as well-regarded as Bright of the Sky, which has received wonderful reviews in written form. But the truth is, 8 hours in, the book was nothing but dull. The reading was competent, and the prose was fine - nothing particularly blatant or awkward stood out to make this book annoying, but this book had the feel of a first novel in a very long series. The character development is drawn out, and not particularly revelatory, as the same few individuals continue to mull over the same concerns over and over again.

The whole purpose seems to be to get you eight hours in, to where the action really starts and the main character begins his journey. I got there, and I was still bored. The world building didn't seem as fresh as many reviewers indicated, and I didn't care much about the characters, who were all a bit on the anti-social misfit side of the spectrum. I might try this again, especially in book form, but it just doesn't grab me the way that other epic science fiction on Audible does.
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- Ethan M. "On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through"

World Building Par Excellence

Take the richly-textured world-building of DUNE or RINGWORLD - add the deeply-drawn characters of Robert Charles Wilson's SPIN - and mix in the epic fantasy of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" - and you've got Kay Kenyon's wonderful "Entire and the Rose" books. But what sets BRIGHT OF THE SKY apart is the plot. On the surface, it's about a man who must return to a mysterious world to rescue his wife and daughter. But there are no simple resolutions and easy answers here. What anti-hero Titus Quinn must endure - and what will be the ultimate fate of his family - will surely keep you enthralled. I know that as soon as I finished BRIGHT OF THE SKY, I was compelled to launch immediately into A WORLD TOO NEAR. Kay Kenyon is a true star!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios